Student travel to SSE annual meeting

Rodman, James E jrodman at NSF.GOV
Mon Jun 11 10:41:30 CDT 2001


Consider taking advantage of a great, last-minute opportunity to send an
undergraduate student to this year's meetings of the Society for the Study
Evolution (SSE) in Knoxville, TN, June 26-31.  The Diversity Committee of
the Society has obtained funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation to
send 14 U.S. undergraduates from
underrepresented (minority) groups to the Evolution meetings as a means of
increasing student diversity at the meetings and in evolutionary biology
generally. Time is obviously very short, so please reply immediately (see
below) if
you know of any student who would fit the following criteria.  And please
forward this email to others in your department who might be interested.
The students should:

1) Be from an underrepresented group, and, as a group, must increase the
cultural diversity among undergraduates at the meetings.

2) Be able to present a poster, however brief, of
evolutionary/environmental research they have conducted.

3) Be considering a career and graduate school in some field of
environmental biology, ecology or evolution. Students considering a career
in biomedical science or considering attending medical school will have
lower priority.

4) Students demonstrating a need for funds to attend SSE will be given
preference. Those students without access to travel funds from their
institutions or their advisors budget will be chosen over those that do.

5) Students must be registered undergraduates or very recent graduates from
U.S. institutions
(i.e., having finished classes during the winter or spring quarters
(semesters) before the meeting).

Each undergraduate will be matched with a faculty and graduate student
mentor (not necessarily from the same institution) who, for most of one
day, will attend sessions with the student, introduce the student to
colleagues and share a meal with the student.  Mentors will be chosen by
the nominating faculty member or the Diversity Committee; the student's
regular advisor would make a fine mentor for the meetings.

The program will pay for travel, registration, per diem and lodging for
each student.  Multiple students from single institutions are
encouraged. There may be very limited funds to facilitate mentor travel in
special cases.

If you are interested, please reply to this email (Scott Edwards,
sedwards at with the name of the student, poster title, a
very brief (1-paragraph) letter of justification/recommendation, and
suggestions for faculty and graduate student mentor.  I will reply with
details about registration, travel and lodging.

Scott Edwards
Dept. of Zoology
Box 351800
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Sedwards at

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